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Siege at Kabul Hotel Caps a Violent 24 Hours in Afghanistan

The attack was the second in eight years at the 200-room Intercontinental Hotel, located on top of a hill. The Afghan carrier Kam Air said that six of its employees from Ukraine were killed, along with two from Venezuela. The airline connects parts of the country where travel by road is increasingly impossible. It flies decrepit planes that sometimes bear ...

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In Kabul, Gunmen Storm Intercontinental Hotel

Other officials said that the hotel was believed to be full of guests; it generally hosts mostly visiting Afghan government employees and official guests, and is often full. No group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack. Shahzad Aryobee, the Minister of Telecommunications, said that 105 employees of his agency were among those inside the hotel. Photo A view ...

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To Criticize Duterte in Public, ‘Inhale Courage and Exhale Fear’

“I wrote behind the cloak of anonymity, because when you write something against the government, about the children who are orphaned in this war on drugs, and if you call out the administration for false claims, you receive hate from the government’s army of trolls,” Ms. Laurio said in an interview during an event for the release of a book ...

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Egypt’s Sisi Fires Spy Chief as Shuffle of Top Aides Continues

The election is not expected to pose much of a problem for Mr. Sisi. Several potential candidates have complained of being pressured to quit, hounded through the courts, or threatened with corruption prosecutions. The atmosphere is not conducive to “honest competition,” Anwar Sadat, a nephew of the former president, who had considered running, said in a statement on Monday. But ...

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Sex Abuse Case Shadows Pope Francis’ Visit to Peru

On Wednesday, a Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, said in a statement: “The directive not to return to Peru was issued in order to block any contact of Figari with Sodalitium. The Vatican will in no way oppose Peruvian efforts to detain Figari.” The scandal has nonetheless cast a pall over the pontiff’s arrival in Peru on Thursday. Francis offered an ...

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Macron Defends Migration Policy in France, Walking a Fine Line

He vowed that Calais, the bedraggled port that is a focal point for migrants hoping to reach England, would never again be a dumping ground for them. “Under no circumstances will we allow the Jungle to come back,” he told the officers, referring to the squalid encampment that once housed over 8,000 migrants near here, and that was torn down ...

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Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes

“This is the basic problem of our country: If the president says something or just writes something on a napkin, everybody has to applaud,” said Aidos Sarym, a political analyst and member of a language reform commission set up last year. Mr. Nazarbayev, he added, deserves credit for turning Kazakhstan into the most stable and prosperous country in a region ...

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In Iran, Protester ‘Suicides’ Stir Anger and Calls for Accountability

It is unclear whether the anger signals a potent new complication for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as Iran’s supreme leader was a target of some of the protests, which began over economic grievances and quickly broadened. But the willingness by members of mainstream Iranian society to publicly repudiate the narrative of the top judicial authorities is unusual in this country ...

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Secret Tunnel in Berlin Is an Echo From the Cold War

It was not to be. As the 260-foot tunnel, running about 13 to 16 feet under the current surface, neared completion, the Stasi, East Germany’s feared secret police, intervened. They shut down the tunnel and arrested all of the 21 would-be fugitives. The tunnel was filled in, abandoned and forgotten, only to be discovered recently when workers at the Mauerpark, ...

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Trump’s Demand to Rewrite Iran Deal Tests a Weakened Diplomatic Corps

He also ordered targeted sanctions against the head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, a powerful figure whom the administration holds culpable for the violent crackdown on the protests, as well as against an Iranian cyberwarfare unit that it accuses of internet censorship. The nuclear deal, Mr. Trump said, drove Iranians into the streets because the government misused the proceeds from ...

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